Ford Mustang Runs Wild Across Europe

Ford Mustang Runs Wild Across Europe - Smail Ford Blog

It may not be the first country that first comes to mind for sports cars, but drivers in Belgium have fallen head over heels for the new Ford Mustang.

Of more than 21,000 new Mustangs that Ford has now sold across Europe, 1,600 went to Belgian enthusiasts. That’s one for every 4,693 of the country’s 7,659,000 drivers – a far higher proportion than anywhere else in Europe.

Between them, Germany and Britain account for more half of new Mustangs sold since the current model went on sale across Europe, last year, for the first time since being launched in the U.S, in 1964. German drivers have bought 7,281 Mustangs (1 for every 7,700 drivers) and British drivers have bought 4,761 Mustangs (1 for every 7,743 drivers).

France is third with 2,126 sales and Belgium fourth, one of a number of countries with smaller populations, including Sweden, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic, that are showing huge demand for what, last year, was the world’s best-selling sports car coupe.

“Mustang is a car that has a massive and passionate following among fans in Europe through enthusiasts’ clubs and numerous Mustang meetings,” said Laurent Charpentier, managing director, Ford Belgium. “It is a sports car like no other, one that some fans here have literally been waiting their whole lives for.”

Belgium has a long-running love affair with fast cars. The famous Circuit de Spa‑Francorchamps was one of the first race tracks to host Formula One, while race driver Jacky Ickx won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times, once in a Ford GT-40, gained 25 F1 podium finishes, and won the Dakar Rally.

Among the new car’s biggest fans is self-confessed “Mustang nut” Adelbert Engler, who has built a collection of 5,500 Mustang model cars at his home in Heusden Zolder, as well as several full‑sized classic models.


“From interviews, movies and music videos to reports, anniversaries and exhibitions, I’ve done all of it with my Mustangs over the years,” said Engler, who is impatiently waiting for delivery of a Yellow fastback Mustang with 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine.

Mustang customers in Europe have a choice of 5.0-litre V8 and 2.3‑litre EcoBoost models, and fastback and convertible body styles. Red, grey and black are the most popular colours so far, with 72 per cent of buyers choosing fastback, and 64 per cent selecting the V8. EcoBoost models are most popular in southern Europe.

Year to date, compared with last year, Ford performance car sales, in Europe, have doubled; with models including Mustang, as well as Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

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Smail Ford Helps Distribute Pink Terrible Towels at Steelers Breast Cancer Awareness Game


Employees of Smail Ford teamed with Ford Motor Company and other local Ford dealerships to help raise Breast Cancer Awareness this past Sunday at Heinz Field. Stationed at several entrances around the stadium, volunteers spent the morning distributing Pink Terrible Towels to fans entering the Pittsburgh Steelers game. The legendary Terrible Towel, normally yellow, goes pink every October while the Steelers and the NFL do their part to raise awareness of this important issue.

Smail Auto, likewise, goes Pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For every car sold in the month of October, Smail Auto Group donates $125 to local breast cancer awareness charities to fund research, raise awareness, and fight for a cure. "Smail Ford volunteers were happy to support such a great cause and represent the Neighborhood Ford team," says Rebecca Septak, Smail Marketing Director. "We recognize the importance of growing awareness to save lives in our local area." 

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First Gear - 2017 Ford Fusion Sport - Review and Test Drive

Get a detailed look at the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport in this episode of First Gear. Similar to "unboxing" videos, host David Fedor explores the interior and exterior of the Fusion, as well as taking it for a test drive, looking to discover all the small features that oftentimes get overlooked. Please like and share, and we love hearing comments!!

$70,000 Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge

Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge - Smail Ford Blog

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and Ford has announced the Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge. Ford Motor Company will be awarding three grants of up to $70,000 each to U.S. non-profit companies to be used towards the purchase and upfitting of a Ford Transit that would serve as a disaster response vehicle. 

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other devastating natural event,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company combined with the know-how of dedicated disaster responders can take our efforts to a higher level and help more people.”


 According to Ford's website, the grant proposals must contain:

  1. Background on the nonprofit; specifically related to work in disaster relief. Please include data on the impact and geographic reach of any disaster relief work;
  2. A description of the overall need and how a Ford Transit vehicle would be used to uniquely service that need, including any special customizations or upfittings;
  3. Any alternate ways that the vehicle could be used when there is not an active disaster. Or, any possibility of deploying the Ford Transit to other parts of the country that may need disaster relief assistance;

All grant proposals must be submitted through Ford's online grant system. Please review the online grant instructions as well as the Vehicle Grant Program FAQ document for additional information. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on October 31, 2016. For information on the Ford Transit, please visit

SiriusXM Satellite Radio - 1-Year Free Trial Subscription

Sirius XM Satellite Radio free 1-year trial subscription with purchase or lease of any Ford Escape, Edge, Expedition or Explorer - Smail Ford Blog

Now through October 3, 2016, a 1-year free trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio* will be included with the purchase or lease of any Ford Escape, Edge, Expedition or Explorer.

With over 175 channels, SiriusXM radio plays commercial-free music from every genre, sports talk, talk and entertainment, news and issues, comedy, and more.

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*SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by SiriusXM Radio Inc. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at All fees and programming subject to change (PGM #12960). For all offers, take new retail delivery from dealer stock by 10/3/16. See Smail Ford for qualifications and complete details.

Ford Aims to Reduce Traffic Congestion Issues with New Transportation Initiative

Ford to Acquire Chariot ride sharing shuttle service and grow bike sharing company - Smail Ford Blog

Ford is teaming up with major cities - starting with San Francisco - to reduce traffic congestion by growing shuttle service and collaborating with bike-sharing provider Motivate to expand its transportation solutions in city centers. The company has announced an agreement to acquire Chariot, a San Francisco-based crowd-sourced shuttle service, and is also establishing a new City Solutions team to work with cities around the world on their transportation needs.

“We’re expanding our business to be both an auto and a mobility company, and partnering with cities on current and future transportation needs is the next major step,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “For more than 100 years, Ford has been part of the community and the trusted source for automotive transportation. Now, we want to work with communities to offer even more transportation choices and solutions for people – for decades to come.”

Ford’s acquisition of Chariot, subject to normal customary closing conditions, will serve as the cornerstone for its new global shuttle services business. The shuttle service is expected to be expanded beyond San Francisco to at least five additional markets in the next 18 months. The Chariot shuttles complement mass transit by filling the gap between taxi and bus services – providing an on-demand, point-to-point transportation option that is convenient, efficient and cost-effective. For every one dynamic shuttle that is placed into service during peak travel times, urban congestion could be reduced by up to 25 fewer vehicles, according to a private study for Ford conducted by KPMG.

Bikes are another important mode of transportation for commuters in the Bay Area. Ford and Motivate, the global leader in bike share, are working with city officials to add new stations and increase the number of bikes to 7,000 in the Bay Area by the end of 2018. When it launches next year, Ford GoBike will be accessed by users through the FordPass platform. 

Ford also is establishing its new City Solutions team to work with cities on expanding mobility services worldwide as part of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. John Kwant – who has worked with several global cities during his Ford career as part of the company’s government affairs and global strategy teams – has been tapped to lead the effort as vice president, Ford City Solutions. No word yet on when these new initiatives will reach Pittsburgh.

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US News & World Report Offers Ford SUV Buying Guide


I thought this might be a valuable resource for figuring out which is the right Ford SUV for you. US News & World Report recently released a Ford SUV Buying Guide with a brief review of each SUV that Ford offers. This is a great start for your research into finding out which Ford SUV is the perfect fit for your needs.

Compare the compact SUV Escape with a midsize SUV like the Edge, or a large SUV like the Expedition. Once you narrow your search, stop down to Smail Ford here in Greensburg PA and take a few models out for a test drive.

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Parking Made Easier - Introducing the FordPass App

Ford has launched an app called FordPass that will allow you to reserve spaces in parking garages even before you leave for your destination. I downloaded the app myself, and it's pretty simple and straightforward to use. It's a simple and brief process to set up an account, typing in your name, address, email, car and credit card information. Then you simply type in your destination and the app will show you parking garages in the area.

From the main menu screen, you'll want to click the "Park" tab. Next, you confirm that you are not driving while operating the app by clicking, "I'm Not Driving." The app then takes you to a map of your current location, along with a search bar at the top of the screen. For this demonstration, I chose "Pittsburgh, Pa."

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

You can see a dense collection of parking garages in the Steel City, with blue and white markers highlighting their locations and prices. By swiping and pinching on your screen, you can navigate around the streets to get a better view of the options. Zooming in gives you more details on the map, including street names, points of interest, and even 3D representations of more significant buildings. You can easily see the iconic structures of the Pittsburgh skyline, which is always cool.

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

By clicking on the white or blue flag, it gives you information about the specific garage highlighted. The white flag shows a garage with spaces available. Here, I've clicked on the "Forbes Garage" and it's showing me the address and "5 Spots Available" in red at the bottom. By clicking anywhere at the bottom, it takes me to even more specific information like directions or reviews, and where I can click "Reserve Parking" at the bottom. You then check out with your saved credit card information, and your spot is reserved.

FordPass New Parking Garage Reservation App - Smail Ford Blog

The app also has a Roadside Assistance feature, and also has a way to link with your Ford Credit account so you can make payments through this app too. But you do not need to have a Ford vehicle to use this app. It's free to download, although obviously you need to pay for parking.

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Gamers Set Guinness World Record Driving Ford GT in a Video Game for Over 48 Straight Hours

Gamers Set Guinness World Record with Ford GT - Smail Ford Blog

Five determined gamers each raced a Ford GT in the video game Forza Motorsport 6 for 48 hours 29 minutes and 21 seconds to set a new Guinness World Records title for “Longest video marathon on a racing game.” 

The new record holders, Cara Scott, 25, from the U.K.; Hélène Cressot, from France; Johannes Knapp, 30, from Germany; Andrea Lorenzo Facchinetti, 42, from Italy; and Jesús Sicilia Sánchez, 23, from Spain, took on a simulated version of the La Sarthe circuit used for the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, where the real life Ford GT race car achieved a historic victory earlier this year.

“They did an amazing job. Just like driving at the real Le Mans, this achievement required extreme levels of concentration, attention to detail, and most importantly endurance – because they had to keep going for twice as long as we did,” said Ford Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mücke, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Ford GT, and started the virtual race.

Driving for 48 hours, 29 minutes and 21 seconds, and completing a combined 41,004 virtual kilometres and 3015 laps, the gamers survived on power naps, sweets and soft drinks as they broke the previous record of 48 hours 1 minute. Their combined 41,004 kilometres is equivalent to driving once around the world. To stay awake for two nights straight, they drank 32 energy drinks, 146 bottles of water and 47 bottles of soft drinks, and consumed more than 3 kilograms of sweets.

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Science Fiction No More: Ford Targets Fully Autonomous Vehicle Fleet by 2021

Ford Fusion Autonomous - Smail Ford Blog

It's like something ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel, roads full of cars with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, no brake pedal, no driver. Significant research and development has been happening over the last few years, and soon it will be reality, as Ford has announced plans to have fully autonomous vehicles in mass production and operation in five years.

“The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

It appears that Ford is targeting the ride-hailing/ride-sharing services as its first market. Instead of hailing a taxi cab or summoning an Uber driver to get you to your destination, you'll hop into a self-driving car programmed to get from Point A to Point B. This year Ford will be increasing their test fleet of vehicles in California, Arizona and Michigan, with plans to expand again next year.

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Additionally, Ford is investing in and collaborating with four companies, "expanding its strong research in advanced algorithms, 3D mapping, LiDAR, and radar and camera sensors." Velodyne is the Silicon Valley-based leader in light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors. SAIPS is a computer vision and machine learning company that helps these self-driving cars adapt to their environment. Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC is a machine vision company that works with navigation, object recognition, facial recognition and other functions, with many potential applications. And Ford will be working with Civil Maps to develop high-resolution 3D maps of autonomous vehicle environments.

Ford has been aggressively researching and developing this technology over the recent years, with success. Ford was the first automaker to begin testing its vehicles at Mcity, University of Michigan’s simulated urban environment, the first automaker to publicly demonstrate autonomous vehicle operation in the snow and the first automaker to test its autonomous research vehicles at night, in complete darkness, as part of LiDAR sensor development.

So until you can buy a fully autonomous car for yourself, visit for available vehicles that come with a gas pedal, brake pedal and steering wheel.